Joseph Lee Center
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Joseph Lee Center
  5120 Perry Street   Mapit
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Amenities offered at this park:
1Basketball Lighted
30Car Parking
2Picnic Tables
1Trash Barrels
YesBasketball Adult
YesBasketball Adult Lighted
YesBasketball Goals
YesCommunity Center
YesPerimeter Site Fencing

Acres: 1
Park Type: Community
Council Person: Dr. Johnny Gaffney
History: The Joseph Lee Center is located on 42nd Street in north Jacksonville, between Perry St. and Springfield Blvd. The ultramodern building opened as a Teen Center in October 1962, and the City provided supervised recreation and held weekend dances for teenagers. The facility soon evolved into a community center for all age groups, and the City built a basketball court on the grounds. Groups that have extensively used the Center over the years include the North Jacksonville Ceramics Club and the Ocean Waves Square Dance Club. The Center was named for Joseph Lee (1862-1937), considered the father of the American playground movement. After creating his own Boston playground in the early 1890ís, he observed and recorded the results. Lee then championed playgrounds in articles, books, and speeches across America, and served for 27 years as president of the organization that became the National Recreation Association in 1930.